Many of the community outreach programs in Lexington rely, not only on monetary donations from churches such as First Presbyterian and individual community members, but also on volunteers and community-wide involvement. Many of First Presbyterian’s members give of their time and abilities to help these vital programs along.

First Presbyterian faithfully supports these community outreach programs and services:

In addition to financially supporting the above agencies, our congregation has made special commitments as follows:

Davidson County First Hope Ministries (formerly Crisis Ministry)

1. We provide volunteers who will cook, deliver, and serve an evening meal to the homeless shelter on the third Wednesday night of every month throughout the year.

2. We provide male volunteers who will spend a night at the homeless shelter on the third and fourth Wednesdays of each month, arriving about 6:00 p.m. or soon after and departing the next morning at 7:00 a.m.

3. We ask all members of the congregation to bring jelly to a collection point at the church, with the goal of delivering 125 jars monthly for the ministry to give to those in need.

Grace Episcopal Church Sunday Lunch

We will send at least four volunteers to serve the homeless a prepared lunch each Sunday during the months of March and August.

Pastor’s Pantry

We also collect cans of mixed vegetables for the Pastor’s Pantry Senior Food Bank, along with plastic grocery bags. Our goal is to collect 125 cans of mixed vegetables each month.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

We collect pop-top, easy to open cans of ready to eat items for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, to be distributed to the homeless in our community, who usually do not possess either a can opener or a means to heat or cook food.

For more information about local outreach opportunities, please download our Outreach brochure.

First Presbyterian was instrumental in the formation of several community outreach programs in Lexington, including: Meals on Wheels, Crisis Ministry of Davidson County (formerly Ecumenical Social Ministry), and the Family Life Center of Lexington.
First Presbyterian, in cooperation with Barium Springs Home for Children, entered into a financial agreement to begin the Family Life Center of Lexington in September, 1975. The Family Life Center ministers to the needs of those in our community, helping families heal.
Meals on Wheels is now an ecumenically-supported and directed ministry. First Presbyterian Church supports their important efforts with monetary donations and several members of our congregation volunteer to deliver meals.
The Davidson County First Hope Ministries, formerly known as Crisis Ministry of Davidson County, and  known as Ecumenical Social Ministry prior to that, is another community ministry that First Presbyterian supports. Their offices were once housed in FPC’s church building. As the ministry, the Crisis Ministry was able to construct a building of its own to house its offices, food pantry, and shelter, eventually expanding their facility to include a family shelter.
We receive the 2-Cents-A-Meal offering each month. A portion of this offering is used by Salem Presbytery to fund domestic Hunger Action Grants: “To address hunger-related problems through provision of direct food relief or development assistance in ways which reflect an understanding of the root causes of hunger and uphold the integrity of God’s creation.”